The Thornton Academy community is strong and supportive. It came together recently to memorialize Paul Putney '65, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver when he was only 22 years old. Classmates, friends, and teachers of Paul, and family members, gathered in the New Media Center to dedicate a memorial plaque created by Paul's niece Alana Saunders '12 and nephew Reece Saunders '17.
Students from all over the world and attendees from the greater Saco / Biddeford area joined together in Linnell Gymnasium on Saturday, March 24 for Thornton Academy’s fourth annual International Fair. Organized and run by students, this fair features booths from fifteen different countries with food, games, and musical performances.
2017 was a memorable year for the students and staff of Thornton Academy. We're hopping on the bandwagon and posting our #bestnine moments at TA in 2017. What were your top moments? Share them with us in the comments below this post!
The holiday season encourages us to think of others before ourselves. Thornton Academy students have taken this to heart and organized multiple events to collect goods for those less fortunate. Student Council organized a class competition food drive to benefit the Saco Food Pantry. Chinese Club sold bubble tea, dumplings, and other Chinese delicacies to raise over $700 for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) participated in a “Battle of the Bridge” clothing drive competition with JMG students from Biddeford High School with donations going to the Salvation Army.
To recognize the National Day on Writing, English classes at Thornton Academy celebrated the power of the written word through presentations by published authors and an activity designed to show how individual voice can empower and unite people. The National Day on Writing is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
This fall, the students enrolled in the Community Vocational Program (CVP) at Thornton Academy have been busy working at Leary Farm in North Saco. CVP is a program specifically designed to create real-world work opportunities and experience for students by exposing them to various vocational opportunities in the community. The broad goal of the program is to individualize sets of activities that focus on improving a student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including education, vocational training, and community participation. Some of the various task the students have done include picking pumpkins and squash out in the field, washing vegetables, making boxes for packaging, and selling fresh produce to faculty at school.
Last Monday, October 2, a new tradition began at Thornton Academy. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in Linnell Gymnasium to celebrate the accomplishments of members of our TA community. Led by teachers Eric Marston '91 and Mike Nelson, we recognized students that excelled both in and out of the classroom and that demonstrated the TA Pillar of the Month: Respect. The assembly concluded with the announcement of Jack Webb as the Student of the Month for September. Jack then led the crowd in an impassioned singing of the alma mater.
During the whole month of October, $1 from every Hannaford Helps bag sold at the Hannaford Saco will go to the Headmaster's Student Assisstance Fund at Thornton Academy. The HSAF benefits students in need at TA by providing them with free breakfast, lunch, and other necessary school supplies. Bags (pictured below) can be purchased on the racks near the cash registers at the Saco Hannaford. For the $1 to be donated to Thornton Academy, the bag purchased must be the one below and this is only valid at the Saco Hannaford.
“T-H-O-R-N-T-O-N.” The rallying cry shouted by every student that has ventured through the halls of our local high school institution.